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The Brazil coach, Tite, has named his 26-man World Cup squad for Qatar, including the 39-year-old defender Daniel Alves while leaving out the Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino as the five-times champions prepare for the tournament.

The Aston Villa attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is one who did not make the list after sustaining a thigh injury in training over the weekend that will sideline him for several weeks.

Tite will be taking only four centre-backs, with Juventus’s Bremer behind Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Éder Militão, while leaving out Roger Ibañez and Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhães.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli was included in a list dominated by 12 players from the Premier League.

The Brazilian FA also announced that former PSG manager Ricardo Gomes will join Tite’s staff as an assistant.

The squad and Tite will gather on 14 November at Juventus’ training facilities in Turin, where Brazil will hold a five-day training camp before flying to Doha. Brazil will open their World Cup campaign against Serbia on 24 November and also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Brazil’s 26-man squad for the 2022 Qatar World Cup: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras). Defenders: Bremer (Juventus),Éder Militão (Real Madrid) Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Danilo (Juventus), Dani Alves (Pumas), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla). Midfielders: Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paquetá (West Ham). Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)